Raise your hand if you had Matt Painter, Chris Holtmann and Rick Barnes on this list. OK, you're lying, put your hand down. Next you'll tell us you had Bruce Pearl, too. Wait ... Bruce Pearl is on this list. Yes, he is. It's been that kind of year.
An investigation into Bruce Pearl's program threatened to derail Auburn's season before it began. Somehow, the Tigers are 17-2, ranked in the top 25 and a surprise force in the SEC.
After Trae Young's 48-point performance against Oklahoma State on Saturday, ESPN spent the next two days with Young and his family before Oklahoma hosts Kansas. Trae's father Rayford scored 41 points against the Jayhawks for Texas Tech in 1999.
Before Trae Young dominated college hoops, his dad, Rayford, got buckets at Texas Tech. Follow along as they chop it up on the court ahead of Oklahoma's latest test.
A.J. Mosby and Maurice Howard combined for 36 points on 14-of-24 shooting to help Alcorn State beat Alabama State 81-64 on Monday night.
Miles Bridges and the Spartans shoot 68 percent from the field and soar past the Fighting Illini 87-74 on Monday night.
NCAAM RPI Leader
|RK||TEAM||CONF||W-L||BPI RK||SOS RK||SOR RK||RPI RK|
|5||Michigan StateMSU||Big Ten||18-3||5||87||13||31|
|9||West VirginiaWVU||Big 12||16-4||9||17||10||17|
|12||Texas TechTTU||Big 12||15-4||12||39||17||21|
|15||Ohio StateOSU||Big Ten||18-4||15||23||8||15|
- BPI RK: Rank in the Basketball Power Index (BPI) among all Division I teams.
- SOS RK: Strength of Schedule (SOS) rank among all Division I teams based on how a typical 25th ranked team would do against each team's schedule to date. SOS accounts for the game location, day's rest, travel distance, and high altitude in addition to opponent strength.
- SOR RK: Rank of Strength of Record (SOR) among all Division I teams. SOR reflects the chance a typical 25th ranked team would have team's record or better, given the schedule on a 0 to 100 scale, where 100 is best.
- RPI RK: Team's rank in official NCAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI).